The prime minister's wife said silat was beneficial in developing an active mind and body, apart from fostering inner confidence in women.
She said, although women were able to take care of themselves, there were people who took advantage of their trusting and caring nature.
"While silat can prepare one to be ready for unexpected threats in life, its beautiful moves help a woman achieve physical strength, without compromising her decency and grace," added Rosmah.
She said this when launching the Women's Silat Lincah Movement at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here.
Rosmah noted that learning the silat could be more difficult for women than men as it demanded more physically.
"However, it teaches us to get up, even when we are down. It also teaches us to be patient as anything we learn needs patience and perseverance to achieve perfection," she said.
At the ceremony, Rosmah was honoured with the first Selendang Tun Fatimah Award from the Malaysian Silat Lincah Association, as a symbol of upholding today's women.
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